Make a Difference

For over 25 years, our program has stood out for its unique combination of mentoring and tuition assistance for urban high school students in northern New Jersey. 99% of our students graduate from high school and are accepted into college, thereby providing a critical step towards breaking the cycle of poverty. We have provided over 2,000 scholarships to NJ students over the past 25 years and have seen the power of mentoring as we have had a 100% high school graduation rate and college admission rate over the past 6 years.

YOU can make a difference by supporting a student,

Volunteer with S/PA

There are many ways that you can volunteer your time and resources with Student/Partner Alliance. We are a local, Summit non-profit with a focus on supporting urban high school students with a unique combination of mentoring and scholarships that sets our students up for success.

  • Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. – (
  • Become a Mentor – A Mentor provides mentoring support only for a matched student for 4 years
  • Become a Partner – A Partner provides financial tuition assistance of $2,000 per year as well as mentoring for a matched student for 4 years
  • Become a Sponsor – A Sponsor provides financial support of at least $2000 per year for a matched student for 4 years

Helpful Information

From Our Students / Partners
Joe, Mentor
"My student is a fabulous guy! I really enjoy getting together with him. He was very quiet initially, with a lack of confidence and quite unsure of what I was doing in his life. Over the past three years his confidence has grown, and as a result, his ability to ...
Ann, Partner and Mentor
"Being a mentor has been more enlightening and satisfying than I ever would have thought! I have gained so much more than I ever imagined from this experience."
Eliana, Benedictine Academy '18
"I'd like to thank my mentor for everything she has done for me. She has shown dedication and interest in my future. I will be forever grateful for her sharing her time and experience."
Patrice, Immaculate '19
Thank you guys for continuing to support my education these past 4 years. Without you guys Immaculate would not of been in reach. I appreciate all of your hard work.
Chrishena, Marist'17
"I cannot express my gratitude to Student/Partner Alliance for my education! I have been gifted....none of this would have been possible with you and my amazing mentor, Julie!"

Benefits of a Mentor

Research shows a young adult who has a mentor is 55% more likely to enroll in college and 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs.  (
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)